Romantic and evocative ceramic pieces by a Hastings artist are to be a major feature at an art exhibition opening next week at the headquarters of Lloyds of London.
Rob Daniel calls the pieces Lovelocks des Arts and these are inspired by the padlocks lovers have locked on to the Pont des Arts in Paris over the last decade, and then thrown the keys into the river below.
There are now so many that the sheer weight of them is endangering the structure of the bridge.
The practice is believed to have started in Serbia during the Second World War, when men from the town of Vmjacka Banja attached padlocks with their loved ones to the town bridge before they went off to fight.
Rob first saw the padlocks on the Pont des Arts in 2012. He said: “It was a truly amazing sight.
“I took loads of pictures of them, and the bridge and the lovers’ graffiti on the riverbank nearby.
“When I got back to Hastings I started making much bigger versions of the lovelocks and decorated them with ceramic transfers of the photos I’d taken.”
To qualify, all of them have to have some work or family connection to Lloyds. Rob qualifies because in the 1970s he worked for a firm which is now a major insurance brokers at Lloyds.
The exhibition will be open at the Old Library at the Lloyds building from Monday (October 27) to Friday, October 31, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day.